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What is SIEM and how could it improve your business network?

The term SIEM is an acronym for Security Information and Event Management technologies. Gartner Research defines SIEM as “threat detection and security incident response through the real-time collection and historical analysis of security events from a wide variety of events and contextual data sources.” In plain English, it collects and evaluates data in order to manage a system’s security framework. The purpose of such technology infrastructure is improving enterprise-level network systems. In a world of constant digital threat, from malware to DDoS, it is crucial to find the right support partner for your digital security management needs. Full SIEM integration is available as a managed security service from Computrad.

Industry research focus on SIEM has found that “enterprise-class performance that seamlessly combines SIEM… in a unified Security Intelligence Platform is designed to address an ever changing landscape of threats and challenges.” This prosaic description aside, IBM argues, “The importance and centrality of system integrity is predicated on the abstract awareness of diverse threat-based potential channels. These diverse channels need monitoring, SIEM systems have the ability to scope and analyse such channels in real-time to help construct patterns of digital behaviour to help keep enterprise-level systems in operation.”

Furthermore, CISCO argues that “increasing employee mobility, use of video, and globalization are all changing the IT environment. Traditional enterprises that once viewed themselves as distinct entities with a clearly defined perimeter are not shifting to a borderless model… In the wake of this challenge, organisations must enhance the network security of their respective platforms. With threats constantly coming from inside and outside the organisation, it is increasingly difficult to weed through the noise of routine security events and determine which threat warrants investigation.”

On an academic footing, SIEM is credited with changing the landscape in favour of the IT security manager. According to Kotenko et al the SIEM system is the perfect policy and technology creation for the protection of sensitive data systems. However, Nicolette and Kavanagh argue that “broad adoption of SIEM technology is driven by both security and compliance needs. Targeted attack discovery requires effective user activity, data access and application activity monitoring. Vendors are now testing demand for broader-scope solutions.” Therefore, policy based on regulatory need and the technology industry’s consensus on changes in security and the globalised nature of technology are the central duopoly of reasons behind the increase use of SIEM platforms.

Peltier outlines this duopoly in his book, Information Security Policies, Procedures and Standards, by arguing “the selection and application of appropriate polices, standards and procedures can create an overall security program which helps the enterprise meet its business objective or mission charter. This is because security is sometimes viewed as thwarting business objectives, it is necessary to ensure that effective well-written policies, user standards and software procedures are implemented to help organisations succeed in a world of digital threats and horrors.”

Like all managed services, it is crucial that your company engages with a company that has the knowledge and experience to deliver what you need. Professional project management and planning and support services are crucial during every stage in the managed SIEM deployment process. Professional managed service provision, like the managed SIEM services offered by Computrad are bespoke solutions for enterprise-level clients who need effective threat analysis and monitoring solutions.

The rise of BYOD and the globalised ‘militaristic’ virus and hacker communities have created tensions within the IT domain. These issues require deft planning and deployment. Computrad can offer the right balance to help your organisation plan for the worse whilst managing the day to day effectiveness of your enterprise computing infrastructure.

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